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The Rev. Al Sharpton to preside at funeral for Etta James

January 24, 2012 |  2:23 pm

Etta James in 1985
The Rev. Al Sharpton will preside at Saturday's funeral for legendary singer Etta James, who died Friday at the age of 73.

The private memorial service will be held Saturday, but there will be a public viewing Friday in Inglewood.

The viewing will be at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Manchester Chapel.

James’ family said donations in the singer’s memory may be sent to the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Flowers also will be welcomed.

Lupe De Leon, James’ longtime agent, said other possible tributes are being discussed but nothing has been planned for the time being.

James, 73, had been seriously ill for the last year and died of complications from a long battle with leukemia while receiving care at a Riverside hospital.

She is best known for her bluesy riffs and smoky nightclub ballads, including "At Last" and "Tell Mama."

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-- Phil Willon in Riverside

Photo: Etta James in 1985. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

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